Geekerella- You Shall Go to the Ball!

*Received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

geekerellaI’m sorry, cheesy title, but I had to go there 😉 As you probably know I have a weakness for fairy tales and, above all fairy tales, I have an unhealthy habit of reading and watching *every single* Cinderella related story I can get my hands on. It’s one of those things I can’t really explain, but I’m addicted to the tale. So when I saw this book which had not only one of my favourite stories, but also involved fangirling over a space drama, which hello is very me, I just had to have it.

One of the best things about it was the world building for the in-book show Starfield that the heroine loves. I read somewhere that the author actually wrote out a plot for all the episodes and you can totally tell. The slogans are fun and realistic, the details were out of this world, and loads of it reminded me of cult classics like Firefly (incidentally one of my favourite shows). There was a spanner in the works in how it reminded me of some other shows I’m not hugely fond of, so I have to admit there was a bit of a disconnect for me there. That said, I never felt left behind by the story and I adored the virtual trail of glass slippers that led back to the classic fairy tale. All the subtle connections between the two stories were stitched together in an exquisite gown that most certainly ignited the stars.

The fandom within the story also worked well. I appreciated how the book explored the theme of finding your place in make believe, whilst tackling the issue of gatekeepers (the “you’re not a real fan” brigade) and having to deal with very real issues at the same time. It made a lot of sense that the main character, Elle, would disconnect from reality like this and acknowledged her loneliness through this topic in a way that gave the narrative plenty of heart.

I did get very emotional reading this (yes, it made me cry 😉 ) and experienced a pretty much all the *feels*. I went from chuckling to squealing to laughing at the speed of light. In terms of plot, it did take some time to reach the midpoint unfortunately, but eventually we had lift off! There weren’t really any surprises in terms of narrative, we all know the story by now, yet ultimately it took off into the stratosphere.

I won’t say that it was the most intergalactic romance I’ve ever come across, however, I did feel a spark there. Sometimes (Cinder)Elle(a) was a bit mean to her prince, but I could live with that. Plus, the side romance of Cal and Sage was so cute!! I really liked what was done with Cal’s stepsister character and that it wasn’t all textbook fairy tales.

That said, if you’re worried the mean step-relation role won’t be filled, oh boy no fear there! I always love to loathe certain characters and the stepmother is no exception. She most definitely lived up to her reputation here- though she was much more 21st century in terms of cruelty. I did get the sense that the author was trying to bring forth more modern ideas, giving Elle a bit more autonomy outside her home life, which made a certain kind of sense- sometimes it’s hardest to confront the biggest problems.

All in all, there was lots to like about this unique Cinderella adaptation!

Rating: 4/5 bananas

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So have you read this? Do you plan to? Let me know in the comments!

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56 thoughts on “Geekerella- You Shall Go to the Ball!

  1. Marina_Books of Magic says:

    Oh man I keep seeing awesome reviews of this everywhere, so I think I need to read it to my ever-growing tbr haha. 😀 I had initial prejudice that it’s a lousy teenage retelling, but I’m changing my mind day by day, awesome review!

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  2. Bookstooge says:

    As an Official Self-Appointed Firefly Gatekeeper, I’m calling you out sister!
    You didn’t use the name Malcom NOR did you use the word Browncoat. You are NOT a real Firefly fan. Consider yourself Gatekeeped’ed (errr, not real sure on that one there…)

    Glad you had so much fun with this. The closest thing I could approximate to this would be Count of Monte Cristo. I’m a big fan of revenge stories like that, but I don’t seek them out, so maybe you need to Gatekeepeded me? 😀 😀 😀

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  3. Beware Of The Reader says:

    Oh I so love to despise some characters too. And books that give me “all the feels” LOL Wonderful review 😉

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  4. Vera says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this story, sounds really sweet. I haven’t read it but do keep on hearing good things about it.
    Re-tellings when done well could wreak havoc with my emotions. 😊👌😂

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  5. Kat Impossible says:

    I think I gave it the same rating when I read it and had veeeeery similar emotions. I just watch all the Cinderella Story movies a thousand times and think I had most variations of that fairy tale when I was little, so I was drawn to that book IMMEDIATELY. I liked that included blogging and a fandom and convention. It’s just really down our alley, eh? I am so very glad you enjoyed it too ❤

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  6. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Great review for this book, and I’m glad you enjoyed it too. I read Geekerella last year and loved it, I’m a massive fan of fairytale retellings to so this was a must for me, plus it was such a unique way to retell the Cinderella story which I loved.
    I do have to say I wasn’t that convinced by the evil stepmother and evil stepsister characters, they felt a bit flat to me, but I did love to Cal and Sage romance.
    Again great review. 🙂 ❤

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  7. Nicole says:

    This is on my TBR! Initially I wasn’t sure about it because of the cover (yes, I judge books by their covers) but I’ve read some great reviews of the book now so I want to read it.

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  8. Winged Cynic says:

    Very nice review! I can always relate to a book that makes me squeal or tear up, and I like that you mention it addresses many various issues like fandom and real-life stuff, so I have a feeling this’ll be a good fit for me too. 🙂

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